Academy Award and Golden Globe winner Nicolas Cage (National Treasure, Between Worlds, Snowden) has signed on to star in writer-producer and director Dimitri Logothetis’ martial arts action feature Jiu Jitsu. The cast will also include Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Retaliation). Based on the comic book of the same name, which Logothetis also penned along with Jim McGrath, Jiu Jitsu will be produced by Logothetis, and Martin Barab (State and Main, USS Indianapolis, Love & Sex, Medieval), with Highland Film Group handling worldwide sales, which are currently underway at Hong Kong Filmart 2019.
Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a fearsome alien invader in a battle for Earth. For thousands of years, the fighters that protect Earth have played by the rules… until now. When Jake Barnes (Alain Moussi), a celebrated war hero and master Jiu Jitsu fighter, refuses to face Brax, the indomitable leader of the invaders, the future of humanity hangs in the balance. Injured and suffering from severe amnesia, Jake is captured by a military squad unequipped to fight the merciless intruder who have descended upon the planet. After a brutal alien attack on the military squad, Jake is rescued by Wylie (Nicolas Cage), and a team of fellow Jiu Jitsu fighters who must help him recover his memory and regain his strength in order to band together and defeat Brax in an epic battle that will once again determine the fate of mankind.
Dimitri Logothetis’ shares that “after we successfully reintroduced the Kickboxer franchise to a new generation of martial arts fans with the sixth and seventh entries in the series, we set out to up the ante with a Sci Fi Martial Arts franchise that could bring the same kind of intensity and longevity to a new arena. Jiu Jitsu is guaranteed to satisfy the millions of martial arts and science fiction lovers across the globe with world class martial artists, stunt men go-to expert Alain Moussi joining superstar Nicolas Cage for some formidable, no holds barred fight sequences set in exotic Burma.”
Cage recently appeared in the critically-beloved psychedelic action horror film Mandy, along with the Academy Award winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Teen Titans Go! To the Movies and starred in York Alec Shackleton’s 211. He can next be seen in Jason Cabell’s Running with the Devil alongside Laurence Fishburne and Leslie Bibb, Primal alongside Famke Janssen, and Grand Isle with Luke Benward and Kelsey Grammer.